OSP FO# 12-008

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Engineering (ENG)/ Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP)/Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)

PROGRAM: Fundamental Research Program for Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (FRP)

OBJECTIVES: This program supports the development of industry-defined fundamental research proposals from NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) in areas of shared value to both centers and their members. Industry-defined fundamental research broadens the scientific and engineering understanding beyond the more specific applied research interests of the industries traditionally served by the I/UCRC. Industry participation extends the scope and horizon of center research projects so as to drive innovation with industrially relevant fundamental research projects.

NSF supported Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers serve many industry research needs in areas such as:

  • Advanced electronics
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Advanced Materials
  • Biotechnology
  • Civil Infrastructure Systems
  • Information, communication, and computing
  • Energy and environment
  • Fabrication and process technology
  • Health and Safety

The Fundamental Research Program for I/UCRCs provides the opportunity for centers to conduct fundamental research to better position themselves as leaders in emerging areas that could benefit the industries that they serve. Proposals must discuss how the proposed fundamental research will benefit potential and current industry members while charting a path for potentially new and emerging research directions.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: The PI must be the center director of an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. Other center participants may be co-PIs. Only one proposal may be submitted per PI per center. All sites must submit a collaborative proposal that is part of the same integrated research experimental plan of the center.

Please see the program announcement below for additional eligibility information.

DEADLINES: February 1, 2012

FUNDING INFORMATION: The NSF intends to provide $1.6 million to fund approximately 10 standard grants. The average award size is expected to range from $50,000 up to $200,000.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Rathindra (Babu) DasGupta
Lead I/UCRC Program Director
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-8353
Fax: (703) 292-9057
Email: rdasgupt@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11570/nsf11570.htm

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via FastLane. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu)in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP web site at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. In addition, for investigators interested in submitting proposals via Grants.gov, NSF has published the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide which may be found online at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Investigators should contact the OSP Research Administrator assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either FastLane or Grants.gov.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 11-570 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.